Men's track at NCAAs: Enos 8th in weight, distance medley relay 6th

Mark McCauley '15 earned his first All-America honors, running the 800-meter leg to help Bates place sixth in the distance medley relay at the NCAA Championships on March 14, 2014. (File photo by Tom Leonard '78)

LINCOLN, Neb. -- Bates junior Sean Enos placed eighth in the weight throw and the Bates men's distance medley relay team took sixth place, highlighting the first day of the NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships for the Bobcats on Friday.

Bates' distance medley relay (DMR) team, comprising junior John Stansel (Newburyport, Mass.) in the 1,200-meter leg, followed by senior Ben Levy (Belmont, Mass.) in the 400, junior Mark McCauley (Cumberland, Maine) in the 800 and senior Noah Graboys (Glencoe, Ill.) in the 1,600, finished in 9:59.97 to become the program's second-ever All-America squad in the event, after the 2012 team, which also included both Levy and Graboys. (Bates finished ninth in the DMR at NCAAs last year, with a team that included Levy, Graboys and Stansel.)

Enos (Lynnfield, Mass.) launched the 35-pound weight 18.52 meters, or 60 feet and 9.25 inches, on his first attempt. The event's fourth seed, Enos fouled on his next two attempts but stood in eighth place after the preliminary round. Enos unfortunately fouled on all three attempts in the finals, but ninth-place Pat Weinert of Oneonta could not pass him, either, allowing Enos to hold on to eighth place and earn his second career All-America honor. Last spring, he placed fourth in the discus at the NCAA outdoor meet.

Competing in their first NCAA championship meet, senior John Wisener (Ridgewood, N.J.) placed 15th in the pole vault, and junior Eric Wainman (Glastonbury, Conn.) stood in 11th place through the first four events of the heptathlon.

Wisener, who set Bates' indoor record last week at 15-9.25, cleared the pole vault bar at 14-7.25. He made two strong but unsuccessful attempts at 15-1, bowing out in 15th place.

Wainman started off the men's heptathlon with a personal-record time in the 60-meter dash of 7.34 seconds. He was sixth in the field of 15 in the shot put (39-0.50) and tied for fifth in the long jump (21-0). With three events remaining Saturday (60 hurdles, pole vault and 1,000 meters), Wainman, the 14th seed, is 11th out of 15 men with 2,676 points.

The DMR's three team points, added to the one point Enos scored, put Bates in a tie for 17th place among the 27 teams that have scored points for top-eight performances thus far. In Saturday's action, Wainman will complete the heptathlon while Enos will compete in the shot put as the second seed.